Labour parliamentary candidate for Leeds North West, Alex Sobel, has described the party’s proposal to cap tuition fees to £6,000 as “a red line that will not be crossed”.
The proposed cuts will see the tuition fees cap fall from £9,000 a year – a policy that was brought in by the Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition in 2010 despite mass public outrage and protests.
The Labour party however have received criticism that the cuts in tuition fees will be funded by restricting pension tax relief for higher earners. Alex Sobel defended the party’s action by pointing out it is not ordinary working pensioners who will be hit by the tax cut restrictions. “So it’s not ordinary pensioners – it’s not people who have worked and scraped away a bit of money here and there. These are the wealthiest pensioners, with pension pots in excess of a million pounds, pensions that can be in excess of £150,000 a year – reducing their tax relief. It is just making the system fairer,” he said.
#LeedsHacks political reporter Elliot Ryder spoke to the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Leeds North West to find out more about the proposed plans to cut tuition fees to £6,000 a year.
Originally published to Leeds Hacks – April 2015